Below are a preview of some of the sessions that will be presented at the DAP Symposium. You don't want to miss these presentations! Register early for the best rates!
Intentional Decision Making: The Core Considerations
The fundamental premise of Developmentally Appropriate Practice is that it is an intentional, professional decision-making process that draws on three core considerations — commonality, individuality, and context. This session will describe how, based on current knowledge, these three considerations have been updated and revised in the 2020 statement and how they are interrelated. Discover how each of these considerations and all intentional decision-making occurs in and is influenced by social and cultural contexts including that of educators, administrators, and programs. The presenters will address some of the persistent misunderstandings and misrepresentations of Developmentally Appropriate Practice, as well as what is changed and what remains the same in the 2020 position statement.
Culture, Language, and Learning: Ensuring Equity in Early Childhood Settings
This session focuses on the essentials of dual language learning for very young children, ages 3-5. Using an asset-based perspective, the presentes offer developmentally and linguistically appropriate guidance for intentional and purposeful practices with children and families. Learn practical strategies to create additive environments that celebrate young children's emerging bilingualism.
DAP Principles in Practice Centered on Equitable Experiences
The goal of this session is to provide examples that bring the principles of DAP to life. Presenters will attend to four domains of children development, and then provide illustrations of how the principles can be activated to ensure an equitable experience for children.
When They See and Hear Us: Cultivating Children's Voice and Agency in Caring and Equitable Classrooms
Access to high-quality and supportive early childhood programs is co-constructed (between teachers and students and children and children), focusing on developing healthy self-identities and children's ability to exercise their agency and voice. Listening to children's voices and encouraging their agency concerning teaching and learning involves using culturally responsive practices and strategies. These practices and strategies humanize, reimagine, and "uphold the unique value and dignity of each child…" (Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education 2019, p. 7) including the promotion and affirmation of children's cultural backgrounds (e.g., "History and me") and the importance of how authentic representation (e.g., "Mirror Books") allows them to see themselves reflected in the classroom environment and instruction.